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Dan Schmitt Portrait

Dan Schmitt

Seattle, Washington 1973

Active in:

  • Eugene, Oregon

Photo Caption:
Courtesy Dan Schmitt.

Luce Artist Quote

“The making and using of pots gives us a sense of place and a connection with people. Handmade pots allow us an expression of personality and identity; that is becoming increasingly scarce in a time where some people can assert personal identity only by the color of their snap-on cell phone covers.” Artist quoted in Ceramics Monthly, April 2002

Luce Artist Biography

Dan Schmitt went to college intending to become a biologist. In his junior year, however, he studied ceramics in Japan, and after graduating in 1996 he began a master’s program in fine arts at Kent State University. To emphasize the handmade quality of his work, the artist often leaves ridges and other variations on the sides of his pots. Schmitt hopes through his work to reestablish the importance of handmade pottery over factory-produced dishes.